This standard is intended to create clarity and consistency when discussing and evaluating subjects related to sites that handle discards through disposition on or into land. This standard will define and classify these sites based upon their design, operation, waste type and material recovery value.
Keywordsdisposal; dump; compost; landfill; bioreactor; agriculture
Over the past few decades the management, design and operation of landfill sites has evolved significantly. The treatment of organic wastes on or in land has also emerged as a growing trend. Today we have in operation everything from open dumps and uncontrolled compost sites, to highly managed anaerobic digesters for organics and bioreactors for mixed waste. As new designs and operational methods are implemented, there becomes a significant variation in not only the operation but also the environmental impact of varying methods of discard treatment. Today there is often confusion as the discussion is limited to two terms compost and landfill which do not adequately describe the sites, the waste in place or the extracted resources. This standard is intended to create clarity and consistency when discussing and evaluating subjects related to the management of discards on or into land. It is intended to provide a classification system that is unbiased and well defined. This standard will classify based upon the design, operation, discard type and impact of the site.
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